Dec 10, 2014

New show opening this week!

Almost done preparing for the new show, "The Artist," self-portraits and portraits of artists. Opens this Friday, Dec. 12th, 5-8pm; BigCrow Exhibition Space, 1426 41st Avenue, San Francisco

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Location:41st Ave,San Francisco,United States

Dec 5, 2014

New Show Coming

This is the last weekend of our inaugural show, "Premier." If you visit us tomorrow (we're open noon to 6pm,) you'll get a sneak preview of some of the work for the upcoming show, "The Artist."  The newer works are stacked around the gallery, waiting for a chance to get on the walls.

Nov 7, 2014

David Steinhardt's Cartoons

What are we? And why are we here?

David Steinhardt has been working on that topic in his latest series of cartoons. He calls these pieces his “Flat Earth Series.” He told me once that, he sees his characters as primarily intellect (brain,) spirit (lung,) heart (heart,) and appetite (stomach.) We all look pretty silly, when reduced to these four flimsy sacks, but David says:

“Seen from up close, as a member of the species prone to passionate judgements about what a human being should properly be, we don’t look that impressive. Viewed from a step back, though, in the context of all the other species that natural selection has coughed up, nearly everything about us is extraordinary and amazing. We may be right, we may be wrong, we’re definitely worth making pictures of.”

We have four of David’s Flat Earth cartoons here at BigCrow Studio Exhibition space. These are all originals (not reproductions) on paper on board and framed. The Art Attack Gallery, on Hyde Street in San Francisco has a few from this series, as well.

Nov 4, 2014

Betty's Beach Rocks

Betty Theodore has two works in this exhibit and one of them, “Beach Rocks,” (above) was chosen by the Triton Museum for their upcoming show, Salon at The Triton. (We heard that the Triton had over 1200 submissions and accepted only 120 works.) The piece we have here at BigCrow is one of the series of 25 mixed media mono prints of this image. It is matted and framed, at 16” x 14”, and is $250.

Congratulations, Betty!!

Betty is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and is listed in their Centennial publication. She has lived and worked in San Francisco since 1973, most of that time in the Sunset District.

Come by and see this marvelous piece any Friday or Saturday before December 7th:
1426 41st Avenue, San Francisco, CA 
Fridays 1pm-8pm
Saturdays 12pm-6pm
or by appointment: email Anna (at)
(415) 632-7746

Nov 2, 2014

E. Dale Erickson

E. Dale Erickson is a painter and printmaker who has been living and working in San Francisco for nearly 50 years. His subject matter is mostly drawn from his surroundings (friends, family, pets, the city of San Francisco and the scenery he encounters when traveling.)

As a long-time resident of Project Artaud, in San Francisco’s Mission District, Dale documented the transition of that area from industrial/factory/rail-yard to artist lofts and coffee shops.

BigCrow Studio Exhibition Space is pleased to have a couple of Dale’s recent etchings (above) that show the area around Mariposa & Florida, back in the day. Dale drew these etchings from his earlier paintings. These etchings are nicely framed, 12” x 15”, and a real bargain at $120 each.

Dale is participating in San Francisco’s Open Studios today, Sunday Nov. 2nd, from 11am to 6pm, at Project Artaud, 499 Alabama Street, SF. Go visit him there and see three floors of other artists as well!

And next weekend, visit BigCrow Studio Exhibition Space to see these terrific etchings, as well as a perfect jewel of a still life by Dale (below) 15” x 21”, framed, oil painting. We’re open every weekend - Fridays 1pm to 8pm, Saturdays 12pm to 6pm.

BigCrow Studio Exhibition Space
1426 41st Ave., SF, CA 94122
(415) 632-7746

More of Dale’s work can be seen at his Flickr page, and at the ArtZone461 page (another Mission gallery that just closed, September 28th.)

Oct 31, 2014

Halloween Visitors

A fairy princess, accompanied by two zombies, declared "Spirit Portrait" (center, above) by Bernie Rauch, as her favorite painting. The zombies were drawn to Bill Bruckner's lunar paintings (previous post.)

Spiderman was so excited, he had trouble focusing and could not decide which piece was his favorite. His mother said she really liked Pam Heyda's forest paintings (above.)

Oct 23, 2014

new exhibition space

Bill Bruckner's "Lunar Eclipse" paintings
Celebrating a new exhibition space in the Outer Sunset of San Francisco.
Oct. 24th - Dec. 6th, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, October 24th, 2014 ~ TWO locations:
5-7pm at BigCrow Annex, 1567 46th Ave, San Francisco
6-8pm at BigCrow Studios, 1426 41st Ave., San Francisco

For 25 years, BigCrow Studios has been the home and workspace of artists Anna L. Conti, David W. Sumner, and an evolving cast of painters, photographers, musicians, writers and other artists. The new exhibition space is opening with "Premier," a group show with 40 works by a dozen of the artists who have passed through here over the years. The space will operate free-to-the-exhibiting-artist (the gallery does not take a cut of sales) but it is not a co-op.  The shows will be curated by Anna Conti and David Sumner, by invitation only. It’s a small space (372 sq. ft.) but, over time, Anna & David hope to show most of the great local contemporary artists they have come to know. They’ve got some cool shows coming up! 

After the opening reception, the primary Exhibition Space (on 41st Avenue) will be open to the public every Friday (1pm - 8pm) and Saturday (noon - 6pm.) Other days/hours by appointment (call Dave at 415-632-7746 or email Anna at ) The BigCrow Annex space (on 46th Avenue) is open by appointment. 

Both locations (5 blocks apart) are open during the receptions, held approximately every 6 weeks. The second show, "Portrait of the Artist," will open on Friday, December 12th.

 Stay tuned for more photos & info about the work in this show.

Aug 2, 2014

Last BigCrow Studio Sale

One more time, and this is definitely the last time. Every day this week, including today, we are carting stuff off to Goodwill, SCRAP, Building Resources, and the city dump. Tomorrow is your last chance to claim anything that may interest you.

1426 41st Ave.
San Francisco, CA
(Cross street: Judah)


Jul 10, 2014

Giant Garage / Moving Sale!!!

Yes, we're moving BigCrow studios. You can help us by taking away some of the mountain of stuff we have accumulated after 27 years in the Sunset District.

Saturday, July 12th


Books, LOTS of books, art, photos, frames, furniture, housewares, clothes, bicycles, camping gear, etc.

CHEAP! Most items (including all books) $1 each
Bookshelves will be sold/given away after the books are gone.

Cash or credit cards accepted.

Bring your own bags, boxes, and straps to haul it away.

1426 41st Ave.
San Francisco, CA
(Cross street: Judah)

Apr 12, 2014

Make Time for Contemplation

Some times taking the time to look out the window and contemplate how far your creative career has come and where you would like to take it is the best and most needed inspiration. Living a creative life also means creative ways of living.

Photo: ©2014 David W. Sumner

Apr 7, 2014

Behind the Scenes at BigCrow Studio

Organizing Archives

The organization of negatives, transparencies and image files is always a major issue for a photographer. Most photographers simply hate the idea of having to organize archives. Many routinely avoid doing it.

It is a hassle, but it is necessary. Over the years I've used a few systems. I seen other photographer's systems and tried to adapt the best features of each into something that works well for me. Eventually I realized I had to indeed reinvent the wheel and create my own system that was simple enough to remember and easy enough for someone else to figure out with little or no instruction.

Databases make the job easier. I've gone from typed lists on paper that live in binders to FileMaker databases and now, what I hope is the final transition, to Apple's Aperture.

I chose Aperture for it's database function rather than its image processing features. It allows me to easily find and retrieve image files stored on external hard drives without having to endlessly search folders on discs or drives.

Every image has a unique number based on the date the roll of film was processed: 040714, a letter assigned to ID the roll - A, B, C, D and so on, and a frame number. So if I processed a roll of film today and scanned negative #6 its unique number would look like this: 040714A-6. That number stays with that image forever in what ever form the image takes.

I use the same system if I shoot a digital camera. The digital take for today would be  coded 040714B-1 for the first image archived then -2, -3, -4 and so on.

This works well for storing my film. My binders of negatives are labeled by year. If I'm looking for negative 030512D-4 I go to the binder for 2012 flip to the sleeves labeled for the 5th day of March (030512) and roll D (030512D). Once I have the sleeve pulled I look for neg #4. It's easy to find should I ever need to scan it again.

The most important thing in any image storage/retrieval system is consistency. The simpler the system the easier it is to remain consistent.

Photo: ©2014 David W. Sumner

Feb 6, 2014

Anna & UPPERCASE Magazine

Anna is featured on UPPERCASE Magazine's Blog today. A very nice presentation.

Photo courtesy UPPERCASE Magazine

Feb 3, 2014

New Monograph

The monograph for "With Liberty and Justice for All" will be available this month.

Jan 6, 2014

iPad Drawing Classes

Anna is teaching iPad drawing classes starting this month. Here's a link to the details.